2020 Impact on Mental Health

We went through a lot in 2020 – a pandemic, restrictions, loneliness, stress, anxiety, burnout. And all of it took a toll on our mental health. While many people strive at working from home, they have historically had outlets to connect with people outside of work. Those connections came to a halt in 2020.

Hope Network is kicking off the Mental Health Awareness Month Virtual 51K Challenge. Run or walk 51K throughout the month, honoring the 51.5 million who live with a form of mental illness in the U.S. The distance is a little over 31 miles – and with 31 days in May, that’s about a mile a day! (Of course, how you break the distance down is completely up to you.)

https://runsignup.com/Race/Results/109007/IndividualResult/KgPJ?resultSetId=244173#U40810650

Tour de Cure

I am asking you to support me in the Tour de Cure to help fin a cure for diabetes.

I joined the Tour de Cure because today alone over 4,100 people will be diagnosed and because more than 30 million adults and children in the United States are living with this terrible disease.

Help Team Konyndyk Reach Our Goal! When you donate:

  • You spread awareness of the devastating effects of diabetes. 
  • You advocate for a child with diabetes to have the same learning opportunities at school.
  • You fund life-saving research.
  • You provide access to community programs and free resources that help those living with diabetes.

By participating in the Tour de Cure, I hope to inspire others to join me and raise money. 

Thank you for making a generous donation to this cause that is so important to me. 

Reeve Run & Roll virtual 5K

The Christopher Reeve foundation raised over $300K to support deliver effective treatments and advancing groundbreaking science toward cures of paralysis. And through the Reeve foundation they give millions of people hope. So whether you’re a marathoner or a first-time 5K-er, please join me in participating this year and in the future.

https://give.reeve.org/mark_konyndyk

If you are interested in helping locally in the Grand Rapids, MI area please consider helping Scott Schrotenboer and family.

Scott Schrotenboer Medical Fund

2020 Summer Scamper

This year will be different for the for the Summer Scamper. Due to COVID-19 the race that benefits so many kids will be a virtual race. The donations continue to come in from the former and new participants.

#WhyWeScamper – because it is a benefit to give back to the kids at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. I hope you join me and my family as we participate virtually from the Grand Rapids area.

For more details: http://www.summerscamper.org/

Gears and Cheers 2020

Its official, my wife Teresa and I will be riding a 70 miler for cancer. Each year millions of people are impacted by the cancer. Last year in the Gears and Cheers survivors and doctors participated in this event. There are so few events in Michigan this year due to COVID-19 that it will be a great chance to get outside, cycle, and support an amazing cause. Donations to the American Cancer Society can be made here: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/teresaandmarkkonyndyk2020

GR ONE IN FIVE

We have accepted the challenge. We are lacing up and now, we need your support. Did you know that one in five adults suffer with some form of mental illness? That’s 42.5 million people in the United States alone.

This June, We’ll be participating at the One in Five Marathon Relay to benefit mental health initiatives.

You can help by supporting our fundraising efforts and make a tax-deductible donation.  Join us on this journey to reaching our goal.

Any amount helps in the fight for the one in five.

Thank you.

Amway River Bank Run

My family and friends will be running 5K and 10Ks in the Amway River Bank Run with Tech Financial Analysis. This is a great event in the West Michigan area where you can select from different charities.

We have selected be nice., which is the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan.  Given ~7% of the US experiences one major depressive episode each year, this is a relevant organization.  Their focus is on the youth education.

I will pivot from biking to training for the run in March when the weather starts to turn.

Our team page can be donated here.  Please consider running or donating!

Lifecycle 2020

The event cycles from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Virtual riders are welcome and I will be doing this again.

Participating in fighting the HIV became an interest when I learned of another Mark’s passing from Aids.  Anyone can participate in the annual ride from San Fran to Los Angeles and remote participants can be virtual riders.  The WHO estimates that 38 million people are infected worldwide.

Family and friends can donate here: http://www.tofighthiv.org/goto/markkonyndyk2020

We need a ‘no regrets’ approach if we’re going to stop coronavirus – The Washington Post

Gears and Cheers HOPE Ride

In September I got the chance to participate in a ride for cancer.  It had been a long time since I did a long ride.  The ride went through West Michigan and out along Lake Michigan to Grand Haven.  It was a gorgeous fall day.

I had recently read an article on the most searched items related to health.  The point of the article was that while heart disease and cancer impact the largest percentage of people, the Google search have a very low percentage versus other health issues.  My family was waiting at the end and we enjoyed lunch at the host provider, Trail Point Brewery.  A huge thank you to all the volunteers and participants at the American Cancer Society and Gears and Cheers!